- The Moon is in Pisces.
- The Moon is waxing and in its First Quarter phase until 4:57 PM, after which the Moon is in its Waxing Gibbous phase.
- We are in between the First Quarter Moon (which occurred on the 16th) and the Full Moon (which will happen on the 24th).
- Venus is retrograde (Venus is retrograde from October 5th to November 16th). There’s just under four weeks remaining of the retrograde Venus cycle.
- Current retrogrades: Venus Rx, Uranus Rx, Neptune Rx, and Chiron Rx.
Daily Horoscopes/Astro Highlights for each Sign:
With the Moon in the hidden sector of your solar chart today, dear Aries, you are a little more retiring than usual, but there is good energy with you for feeling pleasantly connected with someone or focused on a relationship in a comfortable way. It’s also a good time for tying up loose ends, reflecting, catching up on rest, and healing. You stand to gain some wonderful insight into a love relationship today, as the atmosphere is ripe for intimacy. Or you might admit to feelings you’ve been avoiding. You’re in a wonderful position for strategizing both along practical and personal lines, and perhaps even combining the two creatively. Today is excellent for nurturing and enjoying your ambitious side, in addition to embracing your deeper feelings and attachments.
Today’s Moon stimulates your more sociable side, dear Taurus, bringing out your need for a sense of belonging to something greater than yourself. Consider mixing up your routine just a little, as this energy is good for experimenting with new things, even in small ways. With Venus, your ruler, in your partnership sector forming a creative aspect with the ruler of that same sector, Pluto, you have a lot going for you in the love or partnership department. People want to be around you. You’re a magnet now! This is also an intense day for enjoying learning and developing your skills or knowledge, perhaps with or through someone special. A belief system is transforming now, and you can find it fascinating and enjoyable.
You’re a little more ambitious today, dear Gemini, or the need to be formal can emerge with the Moon at the top of your solar chart all day. You could find yourself in a more noticeable situation that keeps you on your toes. Consider ways to add more imagination to your work or duties for best results today. The Moon in Pisces fairly demands some respite from dull routines. As well today, you can be especially fascinated with a workable idea, project, or mystery to solve. You’re interested in exploring a topic further, and you’re in great shape for bringing something to a new level, whether this is an idea, project, or relationship. It’s an excellent time for developing intimacy with someone or a pleasant attachment to a project.
You’re in a good position for connecting with others and for creative ventures, dear Cancer. Venus in your creative and romantic sector connects cleverly with its ruler, Pluto, inspiring you to throw yourself into a happy, rewarding pursuit. The Moon spends the day in your adventure sector, also inspiring you to reach new heights, dream, and aspire. This can be a day when you’re seeking some extra emotional stimulation. The desire for just a little more from a relationship or project is with you. You’re bound to shake things up so that life doesn’t become dull. You want to know you’re growing, learning, and improving.
Today is potentially quite fortunate for family matters, domestic activities, and financial affairs, dear Leo. You are more perceptive than usual, as you can quickly cut through the fluff to the true motivations or bottom line. You may be thoroughly enjoying a profound attachment to your projects, ventures, or people in your life today. Work and health matters may gain traction, or you enjoy deeper ambition and motivation to improve them. It can be a particularly creative day for family life or home matters, too, as Venus in the sector of your solar chart that rules these things connects well with its very own ruler, Pluto, contributing to a sense of joy or ease in these areas.
The Moon spends the full day in your partnership sector, dear Virgo, and your social instincts are strong. You’ve been making a lot of executive decisions, and you may now crave the input of someone you trust. You might decide to shop for something useful or work on a business or practical pursuit now with excellent results and pleasant commitment. In fact, you’re ready to embrace activities that are absorbing or demanding now. This is a good day for new ideas and enthusiasm for a person or project. Whatever you’re doing now, you’re pouring your heart into it, and it’s a pleasant kind of attachment! It’s a wonderful day for communicating, connecting, and enjoying learning with Venus in your communications sector in happy aspect with its ruler, Pluto.
Flowing daily routines will ultimately help you achieve your goals, dear Libra, and today is strong for getting things going from the ground up. You’re in great shape for business ventures or thinking along financial and business lines today, and in a good position for strategy. In fact, you may very much enjoy planning things out now, and attempting to wrap your head around a master plan can be satisfying. You’re likely to feel pleasantly motivated for home and family activities and improvements, too. Your personal appeal is powerful and your drive and motivation levels are favored now. Good news about money matters or a feeling of abundance can figure strongly now.
With the Moon in your creative and romantic sector all day today, dear Scorpio, you’ll be seeking special ways to enjoy or express yourself. You need to allow yourself to dream, muse, create, fantasize, and imagine now as the Moon and Neptune come together in this area of your solar chart, inspiring you to imagine new possibilities. As well today, you’re in an excellent position to communicate your feelings or to persuade and delight with what you say. You quite enjoy increased passion for a project or personal interest now. With Venus in your sign in creative aspect with your ruler, Pluto, you’re especially attractive and fascinating at this time. Close relationships can thrive with special attention and intensity.
The Moon spends the day in your self-protective sector of home and family today, dear Sagittarius, and you’re in processing mode! You might quite enjoy some quiet and peace, and planetary energies active now make it easy to go with the flow today, in fact. Mind you, you’re also in a great position to strategize and design plans. As much as you enjoy and appreciate spontaneity in general, you might thoroughly enjoy crafting a master plan for a project or endeavor today. You are getting in touch with what you truly need or value, which certainly helps you make good choices and come up with workable ideas. Past relationships can be on your mind in a mainly pleasant way.
Today is strong for bonding with others who share similar goals and visions, dear Capricorn. Personal affairs are emphasized now with the Moon in your solar third house all day, and with your curiosity engaged, you’re seeking out new information or interesting interactions. You’re likely to be in a busy but pleasant frame of mind. This can be a powerful and even magical day when it comes to friends, connections, and confidence. You can feel pleasantly ambitious and personally confident now, and you’re attracting people into your life or enjoying friendships that are particularly reinforcing. You’re a self-starter these days, and this trait is magnified today. Others appreciate you for the very characteristics that come most naturally to you.
Your emotions settle and the pace relaxes today, dear Aquarius, with the Moon’s transit of your solar second house all day. It’s a good time, generally speaking, for considering purchases or applying yourself to works in progress. You’re thinking about what’s best for you in the long term, and this helps you make good choices. You are in great shape for working out a personal problem or taking part in activities that help you heal or decompress and unwind. Unravelling a mystery from your past may be in focus. As well, you might thoroughly enjoy working on a master plan or career project now. This is a good time for a subtle but useful boost to your reputation or professional life.
While the Moon in your sign aligned with Neptune can stimulate your need for a getaway, there is a pleasant intensity to the day, dear Pisces, no matter your focus (or lack thereof at times!). It’s a good time for connecting and sharing ideas, and in fact, you can gain quite a bit of ground in a friendship now. Emotional engagement and more profound interactions are favored today, and this can be with a person or even a topic of study. The day is fortunate for personal influence and warm, smooth relations with others. The general tone of the day feels just right for expressing yourself naturally. You’re more in touch with what you’re feeling, and while you’re not necessarily telling all, you’re a little more forthcoming than usual.
Astrology of Today – The Details:
If you’re astrologically inclined and interested in the details of the Astrology of today, here are some of the factors considered in the forecasts (for the astrology of the week, see This Week in Astrology):
Planet Color Key: The longer the bar, the slower the aspecting planet and the longer the duration of the planet’s transit.
The purple marker above shows where we are in the current moon phase cycle.
Date & Time: Oct 20 2018 0:00 am
Event: Moon in Pisces
Description: The Moon in Pisces
A time to observe, feel, and process. We may pay special attention to our dreams, both of the night and day variety, and the subtle areas of our lives. Focusing on creativity, philanthropy, spirituality, and artistry can be beneficial. Build your intuition, slow down and rest.
Date & Time: Oct 20 2018 0:00 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon SSq Plu
Description: Transiting Moon SemiSquare Transiting Pluto
Deeper feelings emerge suddenly, and possibly in a disruptive way. We may be over-reacting or going to extremes. Wait for the tension to subside before taking action.
Date & Time: Oct 20 2018 0:25 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Sxt Sat
Description: Transiting Moon Sextile Transiting Saturn
An auspicious time for any project demanding endurance or tolerance. Also good for establishing new habits and rituals.
Date & Time: Oct 20 2018 2:04 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Sqq Cer
Description: Transiting Moon SesquiSquare Transiting Ceres
There may be difficulties giving or receiving affection, care, concern, and nurturing.
Date & Time: Oct 20 2018 5:43 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Tri Ven
Description: Transiting Moon Trine Transiting Venus
We are less inhibited and more willing to indulge ourselves. Love and romance can be favorable. Decorating, beauty treatments, the arts, creative pursuits, parties, dates, and recreation are generally favored now. There is increased sensitivity, affection, and warmth. Love is grand! Affection, love, and romance are in the air.
Date & Time: Oct 20 2018 9:01 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Cpl Ura
Description: Transiting Moon ContraParallel Transiting Uranus
Date & Time: Oct 20 2018 1:22 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Pll Sun
Description: Transiting Moon Parallel Transiting Sun
Date & Time: Oct 20 2018 3:15 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Sxt Ves
Description: Transiting Moon Sextile Transiting Vesta
We can derive a nice feeling of satisfaction and fulfillment from tending to our responsibilities, work, or other commitment. We are more able to make sacrifices or put our emotions aside in order to get something important done. Alternatively, we can bring more sensitivity to our practical affairs. This can be a good time to commit fully to something – especially health and healing matters. It’s also a strong time for taking care of domestic matters.
Date & Time: Oct 20 2018 4:57 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Sqq Sun
Description: Transiting Moon SesquiSquare Transiting Sun
What we feel and what we think we should do can be at odds with one another temporarily. There can be discontent or indecisiveness. We could be feeling out of sorts. Tensions will pass.
Date & Time: Oct 20 2018 8:06 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Cnj Nep
Description: Transiting Moon Conjunction Transiting Neptune
We are easily influenced, vulnerable, compassionate, and sensitive. We could be led astray, and we are easily swayed. There is devotion but possibly inconstancy as well. A dreamy, possibly impractical time.
Date & Time: Oct 20 2018 11:20 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon SSq Ura
Description: Transiting Moon SemiSquare Transiting Uranus
We can easily find ourselves all wound up and nervous. Unpredictable responses from others (and ourselves). Emotional eruptions are possible. Not a good time to make permanent decisions, particularly about relationships and family/domestic matters.
Date & Time: Oct 20 2018 6:26 am
Event: Tr-Tr Jun Cpl Cer
Description: Transiting Juno ContraParallel Transiting Ceres
Strong Signs, Elements, Modes
Today’s Emphasized Signs of the Zodiac
Even-handed, harmonious, artistic, diplomatic, balancing, strong sense of fairness. Can be over- compromising, appeasing, judgmental.
Intense, magnetic, penetrating perception, power to confront. Can be destructive, vengeful, jealous, overly dramatic.
Compassionate, sensitive, self-sacrificing, gentle, intuitive. Can be escapist, impractical, hyper- sensitive, gullible.
Today’s Elemental Balance
We are not very goal-oriented right now, or motivation to pursue our goals may be waning/lacking. Changes feel overwhelming. Enthusiasm may be low, we argue less, and we think more than we take action.
Water signs are Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces. We are more compassionate, emotional, and intuitive than usual, and we may react emotionally to situations, possibly at the expense of logic or practicality.
Today’s Modal Balance
The modes are balanced today.
Today’s Lunar Phase
LUNAR PHASE: FIRST QUARTER
Moon from 90 to 135 degrees ahead of the Sun.
We are motivated to take action, perhaps due to a clash, conflict, or stress, as we are more aware of problems and differences now. Plans are beginning to take off or turn a corner. We should watch for pushing too hard.
The following aspects (major only) and positions are at noon (EDT) on October 20th:
Note that when an aspect is applying, it has not yet happened but is within orb – it’s pending. When an aspect is separating, it has already happened/perfected and is moving away from the aspect. Depending on the speed of the planet/body involved, the aspect will have perfected–or will perfect–in a matter of hours (often the case with the Moon), days, months, and possibly years in the case of the very slow-moving outer planets and bodies.
Note that the Moon moves at a rate of approximately one degree every 2 hours so that if an aspect involving the Moon is applying and has an orb of 5 degrees, the aspect will perfect (be exact) in about 10 hours. If the Moon is separating from an aspect with an orb of 2 degrees, it has already formed said aspect approximately 4 hours ago (since the following are positions at noon today, then it would have occurred at about 8 AM today).
**I suggest paying close attention to applying aspects. The energy of the aspect builds as it gets closer to exact. Once an aspect involving inner planets has happened, it’s over. Separating aspects are good to know for context, but in terms of energy that is with us today, applying aspects are most important. (This is the case for daily astrology influences involving inner planets, which pass quickly, and not natal astrology aspects, which are with us for a lifetime).
The Moon through Pluto: Signs, Aspect, & Degree
THE MOON IN AQUARIUS
Our reactions are more intellectual than emotional, at least on the surface of things, and interactions are more impersonal than personal. Social gatherings, dealing with group ideals and goals for the future, brainstorming, new ideas, and progressive changes are in focus.
28TH DEGREE OF AQUARIUS
Part of Body: Right tibia
Sabian Symbol: A tree felled and sawed.
ASPECTS OF THE MOON
TRINE THE SUN Orb 1°37′ Separating
We are supportive, cooperative, open, genuine, and more relaxed than usual.
SQUARE JUPITER Orb 2°04′ Separating
We may not be very realistic right now, which can lead to moodiness, as we are more invested in our dreams and expectations.
SEXTILE URANUS Orb 2°54′ Applying
We could be experimenting with new ideas or feelings. There can be chance meetings, events that occur that open our hearts or our emotional awareness.
THE SUN IN LIBRA
This is the time of year for seeking out more harmony and balance, and paying special attention to our close relationships.
28TH DEGREE OF LIBRA
Part of Body: Bladder
Sabian Symbol: A man in deep gloom. Unnoticed, angels come to his help.
ASPECTS OF THE SUN
CONJUNCTION VENUS Orb 9°22′ Applying
We take pride in our ability to relate well with others or to smooth over differences now. Graciousness, diplomacy, charm, and some superficiality are themes. This is a good period for social affairs, pleasure, amusement, and romance, all things considered.
OPPOSITION URANUS Orb 3°29′ Applying
We may want to break free from restrictions or responsibilities, but if we aren’t in touch with this, we could cause some problems. There could be restlessness and rebellious feelings. We don’t want to be told what to do. Exercising some restraint can help us to make needed changes.
QUINCUNX CHIRON Orb 1°44′ Applying
We could misjudge our capabilities now and might end up pushing ourselves or others to a point where we feel hurt, rejected, or crticized. Or, we might struggle with a situation where we may need to humble ourselves. People or circumstances may seem to be exposing or playing on our vulnerabilities.
MERCURY IN SCORPIO
We’re resourceful, perceptive, and probing. Communications and thoughts tend to take on a serious overtone. We don’t take much at face value.
16TH DEGREE OF SCORPIO
Part of Body: Right ovary, cochlea of inner ear
Sabian Symbol: A girl’s face breaking into a smile.
ASPECTS OF MERCURY
SQUARE MARS Orb 0°51′ Separating
Questions are raised, discussions can become heated, and there can be nervous excitement now. Enthusiasm is likely, but may go a little too far. Impulsive speech or other communications. Mechanical breakdowns are possible.
TRINE NEPTUNE Orb 1°49′ Separating
Our words and thoughts can be more imaginative and colorful, subtle or creative. We can experience a sense of knowing and understanding with minimal explanation or instruction. Intuition is highlighted or awakened.
SEXTILE PLUTO Orb 2°59′ Applying
You are able to research topics and form your own opinion. You may be impatient with superficial understandings.
VENUS IN SCORPIO
There is a love of investigation, intimacy, depth connections, and consuming relationships and pastimes.
7TH DEGREE OF SCORPIO
Part of Body: Left epididymus, right Fallopian tube
Sabian Symbol: Deep-sea divers.
ASPECTS OF VENUS
SEXTILE SATURN Orb 2°29′ Applying
You are a loyal and faithful partner. You like commitment and a common purpose in relationships.
OPPOSITION URANUS Orb 5°53′ Applying
An exciting creative person or project might suddenly come to light, creating a little tension. Social affairs are unpredictable. There can be aloofness or rebelliousness in relationships, with fashion and trends, and in our tastes. Distancing in relationships may figure strongly. There can be issues with personal freedom and expression which seem to counter closeness or intimacy.
MARS IN AQUARIUS
You will fight for just causes. You’re unpredictable, but will probably be a group leader. You may become rebellious when angry.
15TH DEGREE OF AQUARIUS
Part of Body: Lymph vessels of right lower leg
Sabian Symbol: Two lovebirds sitting on a fence.
JUPITER IN SCORPIO
We are drawn to depth experiences and deep, transformative changes. Prosperous areas are psychology, investigation, agencies, directing. (October 10th, 2017 to November 8th, 2018)
26TH DEGREE OF SCORPIO
Part of Body: Perineum
Sabian Symbol: People making camp.
ASPECTS OF JUPITER
TRINE CHIRON Orb 2°58′ Applying
We trust our intuition and wisdom. This subtly uplifting time brings us the opportunity to free ourselves of restrictive and negative attitudes that have been undermining our progress. We are especially open to learning from others, and better able to help others to understand our point of view. We might open our minds to different perspectives and philosophies. We’re absorbing and possibly sharing what we’ve learned from past experiences and mistakes.
SATURN IN CAPRICORN
Conservation, moderation, definition, structure, simplicity, and realism are themes now. We might also be striving for more authority in a particular area of our lives now. This is a time for making clear choices and decisions, for weeding out what isn’t working for us, and for letting go of lost causes, particularly related to our life path choices, careers, and long-term goals. (from December 19, 2017, to March 21, 2020; and then from July 1 to December 17, 2020).
5TH DEGREE OF CAPRICORN
Part of Body: Cutaneous nerves of knee
Sabian Symbol: People rowing a canoe and dancing a war dance.
ASPECTS OF SATURN
TRINE URANUS Orb 3°23′ Separating
You have a talent for investigation. You look at new ideas and are able then to put them into action. In business, you achieve much in your own independent way.
URANUS IN TAURUS
(1934 – 1942) We approach money and personal possessions in new ways and learn how to free ourselves from certain material constraints. Innovative ways to make ourselves comfortable emerge. We’re less inhibited about expressing sensuality, self-love, body love, and pampering. We’re challenging what we previously valued. There can be abrupt changes with money, valuables, possessions, and income that lead to a reshuffling of priorities or values. Income might come from non-traditional sources or ventures. We’re bringing progressive ideas to the world of business. New ways of doing business, as well as making, viewing, and handling money are likely. Income and the energy we put into making money can be variable. (May 15, 2018, to November 6, 2018, then March 6, 2019, to July 7, 2025, and then November 7, 2025, to April 25, 2026).
1ST DEGREE OF TAURUS
Part of Body: Throat, gullet
Sabian Symbol: A clear mountain stream.
NEPTUNE IN PISCES
A long-term influence in which fantasy, imagination, compassion, and spirituality are in stronger focus. (April 4, 2011, to August 4, 2011, then February 3, 2012, to March 30, 2025, then October 22, 2025, to January 26, 2026)
15TH DEGREE OF PISCES
Part of Body: Left cutaneous veins
Sabian Symbol: An officer preparing to drill his men.
PLUTO IN CAPRICORN
Tests of our boundaries; breaking down and rebuilding structures and rules. (From January 25, 2008, to June 14, 2008, then November 26, 2008, to March 23, 2023, then June 11, 2023, to January 20, 2024, then September 1, 2024, to November 19, 2024).
19TH DEGREE OF CAPRICORN
Part of Body: Ligaments of left knee
Sabian Symbol: A child of about five with a huge shopping bag.
Chiron, Major Asteroids, and Moon’s Nodes: in Sign and by Degree
CHIRON IN PISCES
Strong awareness of our own vulnerabilities and humanity stimulates compassion for others. (April 20 to July 20, 2010, then February 8, 2011, to April 17, 2018, then September 25, 2018, to February 18, 2019).
29TH DEGREE OF PISCES
Part of Body: Toenails of right foot
Sabian Symbol: A prism.
VESTA IN CAPRICORN
You place importance on structure and order in the workplace. You have great discipline and personal ambition and can succeed in administrative and management positions. Workers will turn to you for a sense of stability and authority.
12TH DEGREE OF CAPRICORN
Part of Body: Right knee joint
Sabian Symbol: A student of nature lecturing.
PALLAS IN VIRGO
You have an analytical mind which you can apply to detailed and exhaustive projects. Your powers of discrimination are strong. You also have executive abilities. You may become involved in the field of health.
23RD DEGREE OF VIRGO
Part of Body: Capsule and ligaments of liver
Sabian Symbol: A lion-tamer rushes fearlessly into the circus arena.
JUNO IN GEMINI
You want variety and stimulation within your relationship. Talking, swapping ideas, writing, planning, and studying are all ways in which you may meet your needs to communicate with your partner.
1ST DEGREE OF GEMINI
Part of Body: Trachea
Sabian Symbol: A glass-bottomed boat drifts over under-sea wonders.
CERES IN LIBRA
You feel cared for when your loved ones create an atmosphere of peace and beauty. You like to cooperate with those close to you.
21ST DEGREE OF LIBRA
Part of Body: Renal hilum
Sabian Symbol: A crowd upon a beach.
THE BLACK MOON IN AQUARIUS
9TH DEGREE OF AQUARIUS
Part of Body: Skin of right lower leg
Sabian Symbol: A flag turned into an eagle.
ERIS IN ARIES
24TH DEGREE OF ARIES
Part of Body: Zygomatic muscle
Sabian Symbol: An open window and a net curtain blowing into a cornucopia.
THE NORTH NODE
THE NORTH NODE IN LEO
This a quest to develop your inner strength. You may find that you experience times of loneliness. These times are part of your lesson to forge your own creative life in order to give generously to the world.
3RD DEGREE OF LEO
Part of Body: Right coronary artery
Sabian Symbol: A woman having her hair bobbed.
THE SOUTH NODE
THE SOUTH NODE IN AQUARIUS
This a quest to develop your inner strength. You may find that you experience times of loneliness. These times are part of your lesson to forge your own creative life in order to give generously to the world.
3RD DEGREE OF AQUARIUS
Part of Body: Right fibula
Sabian Symbol: A deserter from the navy.
**Conjunctions to Select Fixed Stars on October 20, 2018.**
Aspects to Mercury 15°Sc51 -18°10′
Cnj 15°Sc20 ZUBEN ELGENUBI Positive social reform
Aspects to Uranus 00°Ta41 +11°11′
Cnj 00°Ta40 MIRACH In harmony to be receptive
Aspects to Chiron 28°Pi56 +02°50′
Cnj 29°Pi38 SCHEAT To be a thinker or intellect
Aspects to Juno 00°Ge19 +01°22′
Cnj 00°Ge15 ALCYONE Mystical but judgmental.
Aspects to South Node 02°Aq04 -19°41′
Cnj 02°Aq02 ALTAIR To explore, to be bold.